A debilitating disease such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, takes a devastating toll on the people who suffer from it as they lose their ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow and breathe.
But it also can wreak havoc on their families, says Marylee MacDonald (www.maryleemacdonald.org), a caregiver advocate and writer whose debut . . . → Read More: When The Role Of Caregiver Falls To The Children
When I first met Gina, I was 16 years old. She was 12. I entered her group home and walked up the stairs. She examined me, then reached out her hand, touched the arm of my black jacket with a peace sign on it, and said “girl.” From that moment, Gina . . . → Read More: Empowering Autism Worldwide
The following is copy of part of an article that was shared with me in a comment. Please click over and read the whole thing. Stories like these are the main reason that I fear my son ever having to be in a long-term care facility.
They grabbed him, gave him a sedative . . . → Read More: Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed
Raising a child with autism for the last 15 years, I have learned more than I could ever imagine about autism. There’s nothing like hands-on experience to teach you about autism. You can go online, or talk to “professionals,” but that is never enough to learn about your autistic child. A lot . . . → Read More: What They Don’t Tell You About Autism
It’s that time of year, again. It tends to sneak up on me. I’m looking towards April, Autism Awareness Month, and am in need of articles to feature. I’m looking for articles from a unique perspective, about autism and children/adults with autism. I’m also interested in companies that strive to bring autism awareness to . . . → Read More: Need Autism Awareness Month Articles
Autism is one of a host of spectrum disorders classified under the umbrella Autism Spectrum Disorder, and while a lot of research has been undertaken concerning it in the last few decades, its causes are still not fully known or understood. A developmental disorder that can affect those who have it very differently, people . . . → Read More: Autism’s Causes: Pieces of the Puzzle
I was busy last week with meetings for my son. His annual review for CAP services was due, and his speech therapy plan was also up for renewal. Although the actual reviews have gotten easier, the emotional impact of them are still difficult for me. The CAP services annual review meeting was done here, . . . → Read More: Annual Reviews And Goals For The Next Year
PRESS RELEASE CHAPEL HILL, NC (FEBRUARY 10, 2014) – With mounting evidence that America is ill-prepared to serve the tsunami of young adults with autism aging out of school programs, parents-turned-entrepreneurs and autism leaders called for a national movement to create sustainable business ventures that will employ 500,000 adults with autism expected to seek . . . → Read More: Conference Highlights Small Business Solutions for Autism Employment Crisis